Mindful Foliage (MindFol)

The site formerly known as Arid Plant Art.

Recently, I’ve changed the site to reflect the fact that I like more than just dry-living plants. If you’re here to enjoy nature wherever you can get it, you’re in the right place.

Remember that the roots of any tree extend far beyond the drip-line of the branches.

Olive Tree Growers

Latest Posts

Open Desert

I don’t know how long the weather and the traffic will be clear, so now’s the moment. Take a chance to enjoy the desert while everything’s blooming!

Changing colors in a forget-me-not

Garden Journal – Week of April 27

We try to rescue the strawberries from a cramped life of fruitlessness. And, the olive tree finally shows a problem. Is it fixable?

The whole seed kit

Planting the Sun

I’ve got plenty of seeds, plenty of random plastic cups to start the seeds, and potentially some balcony space with regular sunlight. There’s only one way to find out if these things will ever actually grow in SoCal.

The Blog

Notes on nature in southern California, from apartment gardening out to hiking in Joshua Tree. This blog is as much a collection of my own research as a celebration of the beautiful things in the area.

Get In Touch!

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Upcoming Site Updates

  • Update The Garden page with information on each of the plants
  • Test soil for acidity
  • Rate each plant for its viability in current growing conditions

Some notes about the area

A little bit about LA’s plant hardiness in particular
Most of LA sits at 10b 35-30f
North side of the PV hill is 10a 25-30f
South side of the PV hill is 11a 40-35f

Two rainstorms just over the Pacific

I mostly look at nature in the SoCal area, but I’ve been known to travel on occasion. I have quite a bit of past stuff to upload… maybe 8 years or so of old photos and audio recordings to go through. I’m not sure how much I’ll actually end up uploading, but it’ll either be on the pages and galleries in the following links, the observation apps I use, or other media sites. Here’s to the long road through the past! And, of course, the even longer road through the future.

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